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NZ: Standing ovation for Price of Peace Tūhoe 'terror' investigative doco


The trailer from Kim Webby's The Price of Peace documentary. Video: Vimeo

Sunday, July 19, 2015

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AUCKLAND (Māori Television/Pacific Media Watch): A packed audience gave a standing ovation at the premiere of the documentary The Price of Peace at the New Zealand International Film Festival today.

The film outlines the story of 170 years of an intensely troubled relationship between the Crown and Ngāi Tūhoe, through the eyes of campaigner Tame Iti and his family.

Tame Iti was accused of running military style training camps in the Ruatoki and Urewera region.

The Price of Peace depicts how Iti and his family’s life changed forever on October 15, 2007.

In the dead of night, heavily armed police in military style gear raided his home and the homes of many others in what became known as the infamous “terror raids".

For the next six years he fought to clear his name and the name of his Tūhoe people.   The film follows Iti through the New Zealand courts system, through his jail sentence, and with him on his return home.

The film places the “terror raids” and subsequent events in the context of history, from the confiscations and scorched earth raids of the 1860s right up to the signing of the historic Deed of Settlement in 2013 and the Crown’s formal apology to the Tuhoe people in 2014.

The Price of Peace is directed by Kim Webby and made in association with New Zealand On Air and Māori Television with funding assistance from Te Kotahi a Tūhoe and the New Zealand Film Commission.

It will screen in Auckland next on Wednesday july 22 July at Sky City Theatre. It will then screen in Wellington on August 4 and August 5 at Soundings Theatre Te Papa and will be screened by Māori Television later in the year.

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